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Apple’s lineup of high-end notebooks are finally being upgraded, the first update since last June. The long-awaited overhaul announced yesterday, features an almost brand-new line up of notebooks ranging from the 13-inch to the 17-inch. Updated graphics and faster processors, plus longer battery life and upgraded RAM all come with the upgrade.

13-Inch

The MBP 13 inch now ships with 4 GBs of RAM, on both the 2.4 and 2.66 GHZ preset configurations, plus they now feature a  NVIDIA Geforce 320M Graphics card, a larger hard drive capacity and a longer battery life (up to 10 hours). The 13-inch models, still are lower-end, compared to the 15 and 17 inch as they still use the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, but the other models have upgraded  units.

15 and 17-Inch

The 15 and 17 Inch MCPs now feature the brand new Intel processors, the i5 and i7. These processors increase loading speeds dramatically, working together with the standard 4 Gigs of Ram. The batteries on these machines are also upgraded, as they can run for up to 8-9 hours. The graphics on the 15 and 17 inch models are significantly improved, as they all feature the NVIDIA Geforce GT 330M with 256 or 512 MB of dedicated video memory, PLUS Intel HD graphics allowing for automatic switching between graphic modes.

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Apple Unveils iPhone OS 4.0

Last Thursday, Apple announced the summer-due OS upgrade for the iPhone, iPod Touch and later on, the iPad. For the third year in a row, Apple used Spring to give developers a preview of what’s to be expected for the summer. Here’s a quick summary of what Steve Jobs and other executives released in Cupertino:

Multitasking

Finally, Apple has released an OFFICIAL way to multitask on the iPhone. Since the very first year the iPhone was released, third-party developers (jailbreak devs) have been coming up with ways to multitask on the iPhone like Backgrounder, but Apple has never released their own way as default on the iPhone and this has given haters a very reasonable attack on the the device. Now, that complaint has been addressed and puts the iPhone right next to devices like the Palm Pre and Nexus One, feature-wise. This long-awaited feature, comes with a catch though, iPhone 3G users don’t have access to this multitasking feature, due to hardware restraints.

Folders

The iPhone’s App store contains hundreds of thousands of different applications that make your smartphone life easier and more efficient. Although this app store is more or less the main reason of the iPhone’s success, the growing amount of options came with flaws. Folders, a little feature included with the new 4.0 software, addresses multiple issues in one. It’s basically like folders on your desktop, helping you sort your apps into chosen categories, an easier way to go through your apps instead of just scrolling into countless pages.

Game Center

Announced to be released a little later in the year, perhaps a bit after the 4.0 release, is something Apple calls “Game Center”. It’s basically a gaming type of social network, where you can invite friends to games, view leaderboards, have the ability to matchmaking for certain games; this brings a new concept of gaming to the iPhone, possibly turning it into much more of a portable gaming device.

Other Changes:

  • Spell Check
  • 5X Digital Zoom for Camera
  • Tap-to-Focus Video Camera
  • Gifting Apps
  • Home Screen Wallpaper
  • Bluetooth Keyboards
  • Rotate Photos
  • Web Search Suggestions
  • Create Playlists in iPod
  • Persistent Wi-Fi

The upcoming 4.0 release is definitely a bump for Apple’s smartphone hit, giving it a boost to (hopefully) put it back into the lead in the smartphone race. The update addresses many faulty issues and adds the features that would of given the iPhone a reasonable doubt to be the best.

Motorola, having just released a hugely successful Android smartphone, just decided they’re not quite done. Released on the 25th of March, the Motorola Devour is another home run for the million dollar corporation, acting like a little brother to the much-loved Droid. Being a budgeted down version of the Droid, it is a bit featured-down as well, having a 3-megapixel camera instead of a 5-megapixel, and running the 1.6 version of Android instead of the 2.0. Also, the keyboard is a little bit different and the material being an industrial silver instead of the classy black on the Droid. Although the Devour is different from the Droid, it’s definitely not stripped down of features as not everybody uses the uncountable components on the Droid, thus having a cheaper variation to Motorola’s smartphone lineup.

The Motorola Devour was built as a durable and reliable smartphone for those who have a rounded down range of needed features, but as a general note, we’d want something more than Android 1.6, considering so many other smartphones are already operating on better software, plus, a bigger screen would be greatly appreciated.

A Taiwanese microchip company is suing Apple over the unauthorized use of their patented technology, multitouch, which is now used on multiple devices including the iPhone, iPod and iPad, arriving in today. Elan Microelectronics filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission asking to permanently ban numerous Apple products in the U.S. If the ITC chooses to continue with the matter, it can be looked into for up to 15 months. What’s ironic is Apple filed a complaint with the ITC against the phonemaker, HTC, for infringing 20 different patents, asking to ban all their phones to be shipped into the U.S. Predictably though, Elan will probably let Apple off the hook with a reasonable amount of money and a carefully thought out settlement.

Released at the CTIA 2010 in Las Vegas, the HTC Evo 4G is our favourite phone released from the conference in Nevada, let alone our favourite phone released in 2010 so far. It is the first 4G smartphone released in America, plus it has some outstanding components when compared to any other Android phone on the market. It features an 8-megapixel camera on the rear plus a 1.3 megapixel on the front, a large, crisp 4.3 inch touch screen display, and a 1GHZ processor which is also used as a video chipset. More amazingly, this Snapdragon chipset can be used to record 720p HD video with the built-in 8-megapixel camera, plus, video can be played back on a full size TV utilizing the mini HDMI jack, using the 720p format. Also, software wise, the Evo runs the new 2.1 Android OS featuring the Sense UI. Physically, the aspects of the phone resemble many of the other HTC phones with similar buttons and layout, but the extremely large screen and the amazing multimedia features this phone is capable of, makes it stand out from the crowd of any Android phone released so far.

Since its early days in 2001, Wikipedia has gone through a series of small user experience changes, but nothing big. Announced in a recent blog post, the non-profit online encyclopedia is going to have a large user interface redesign, sometime in the near future. Wikipedia said they are switching over to a new theme, “Vector”, which allows for easier access to the most used features and a more elegant page. Wikipedia also claims they will make a slight change to the logo and make it easier for users to participate in articles. This new facelift has been tested by beta users for a few weeks, and is said to be released to the public by late april. Hopefully, this’ll attract more users and make it easier for readers to contribute to the community.

Ever tried emailing a video or application that’s fairly large? Most email servers don’t allow attatchments exceeding 100, 50 or even 25 MB, so how are you going to send that birthday video to your cousin? Well, there’s many alternatives, some even free.

Dropbox allows you to store up to 20GB os data on their servers for free, plus this can be upgraded to 50 or even 100 GB for 10 to 20 dollars. The uploading service on their website limits each upload to 300MB, but if you use their desktop client, you can take advantage of all your storage. Once you have data uploaded, you can share it with anybody you want.

Not fancy enough? Try Glide, which allows up to 30GB of free storage space, and let’s you upload this data with a fancy virtual operating system, that’s accessible with any internet browser. Again, the online uploader limits you to 200MB per upload, but if you download their utility, this limit is taken off.

Still not big enough? That’s what she said. SendThisFile has no limit on your file size, but some browsers only allow 2GB of upload at once. Also, this is no online storage, as your data gets deleted after three days.

Along lines of temporary online storage, WeTransfer caps you at 2GB but is the easiest way to share your data online. Just select your file, enter an email address, and it’s off. Similarly, FileDropper limits you to 5GB but keeps your files forever at a unique URL, plus it requires no registration.

These are just a few online services that allow you to share larger files online, but there are dozens more. Hopefully though, this’ll help you the next time you need to share that large something ;).

iPhone 3Gs – The iPhone 3Gs is Apple’s re-entry into the cellular market, a year after their large release of the iPhone 3G. The ‘S’ in 3Gs stand for speed, which comes in a couple ways; firstly, the processor is twice as fast as the previous one found in the 3G model, and provides smoother browsing and a faster general loading time. The third generation of the iPhone also expects better networking speeds, with carriers changing over to a HSDPA connection, capable of up to 7.2 mbps. In all aspects, the iPhone 3GS is a strong renewal of a great phone with noticeable improvements in speed.

Motorola Droid – The Droid is Motorola’s entry into the Android smartphone market, and it was their best release of any gadget since the Razr in 2004. This multimedia smartphone definitely puts Motorola to a head start in the fast developing smartphone race, with a great keyboard, an easy-to-use, very sensitive large touch screen and a beautiful design, both internally and externally. With a bigger screen than the iPhone’s, a better pixel-per-inch number and an astonishing 16:9 HD aspect ratio, videos look amazing and browsing is crystal clear. Overall, the Motorola Droid is a fully featured, multimedia, gorgeous smartphone, which can do more than you need, in both style and ease.

Blackberry Bold 9700 – The Blackberry Bold 9700 or simply Bold 2 is RIM’s remake of the very successful (at the time) Blackberry Bold. It basically addresses all of the issues that have developed over the past year including the problematic trackball, the bulky size and the not too impressive camera. The 9700 is being sold with Blackberry’s new 5.0 operating system which has improved many aspects, and also the trackpad is quick to being favoured over the previous trackball. This smartphone is finally a perfect mix of multimedia with formal enterprise business, making it the best revision of a phone so far.

Debatably the best internet browser out there, Mozilla Firefox tops our list because it packs top-notch features and blazing fast speed into a tidy, intuitive and easy-to-use interface that will assist you navigate the web the way you want to. Since it’s so popular, it has the most available customization published by other users, plus it has the most standout features compared to other browsers, that force them to copy Firefox’s trail.

When Google joined the internet browser industry in 2008, they pushed with full force to make an impressive entry, Chrome. Google Chrome uses a unique approach to browsing the web, taking complex features but making them compatible and easy to use. Chrome is an open source project using the WebKit engine allowing innovation to come in future releases of Chrome.

Opera endorses a different “tune” of browsing, allowing for fun and functional surfing. Opera likes to contribute social networking and favourite sites into the most accessible places, always keeping you in touch. This browser shows countless outstanding features including interactive voice command, mouse gestures and thumbnail previews. One of the best features of Opera is its endless possibilities of configuration, fitting your needs and style by arranging panels, toolbars and buttons and choosing from several unique skins and various widgets.

Safari is no longer Apple exclusive, the top-notch, luxurious browser is now available for all platforms as well. Safari provides the Mac look and experience in an internet browser. It is complete with easy to use, functional features and an overall great look. Safari mainly focuses on being lightweight and non-obtrusive rather than customizable, but the interface is still quite sleek and not bulky. Although Safari may lack some of the features other browsers have, it still competes strongly due to its lightweight and simple perspective of internet browsing.

Though the correct order of this listing is STRICTLY OPINION, for us, this is our Top 4.

Above is the new “Valhalla” motherboard for the Xbox 360 gaming console and underneath that fan is supposedly a CPU combo chip that will allow for a reduction of the overall size of the board.

When Sony released their Playstation 3 in a slimmed-down version, they breathed new life into their gaming sales, so we’d predict that Microsoft is attempting to follow its path. Cnet estimated that the 360 Slim will go for the same price as the current Elite version, which could also see a price drop in the near future.

Engadget pointed out that Microsoft is currently hiring a motherboard design engineer for the Xbox 360 Console Development Team, so you decide whether that’s under coincidence or no.

Microsoft will most likely take advantage of this year’s E3 conference to announce a console redesign, but judging by these pictures, we may just be seeing prototypes in June.